Las Vegas resident Greg Mich’l didn’t just wake up one morning and decide to cast a ballot in the contentious Ward 4 City Council race in North Las Vegas. He first had to register to vote.
As we now know, every vote counted in the race between incumbent Richard Cherchio and challenger Wade Wagner. Wagner defeated Cherchio on June 7 by a single ballot. The outcome was further complicated, Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax has stated in an affidavit, after a vote was cast improperly because of a pollworker’s error. Cherchio has sued to have the election overturned and a new vote ordered.
But it’s Mich’l’s vote that has me intrigued. When I interviewed him recently at his home on Villa Pintura Avenue several miles outside Ward 4, Mich’l admitted he wasn’t up on all the laws when he registered to vote using his brother’s address.
His brother Michael Mich’l’s house on Dover Glen Drive sits a short walk from candidate Wagner’s family home on Rising Circle, where 10 relatives are registered to vote.
According to the registrar’s office, Greg Mich’l officially registered to vote on April 25 . To do so, he had to sign his application under penalty of perjury. But the fact is, many folks make mistakes on their registration forms. Lomax confirmed that the Mich’l application was among the new voter registrations returned to his office in the Ward 4 race.
Who obtained the form used to register Greg Mich’l?
It was Rebecca Wagner, wife of newly elected Ward 4 City Councilman Wade Wagner. Lomax confirmed early Thursday that she picked up 100 voter registration applications in all. Not all were completed.